Fifth graders are at that perfect age to begin creative writing. I am sure there have been previous attempts at earlier ages to write effectively, but at this age there is usually a comprehension of grammar and syntax effective enough to make a good writer. Bringing them from, dull lifeless writing to dramatic creative expression will be the challenge. Here are a few tips to get your fifth graders writing effectively.
Use pre-writing activities
1) Read a story to inspire
2) Have a discussion about a current even topic
3) Talk about a recent experience and then write
4) Ask questions that incite thought 5) Take advantage of free writing resources
Use each of these as springboards to getting your students writing creatively.